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Stars-Maple Leafs Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Tuesday, November 10

7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (12-3-0) set a franchise mark for best start through 15 games with a 4-1 win at Detroit Sunday afternoon. Patrick Sharp, Valeri Nichushkin, Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin scored goals, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 21 of 22 shots.

“We wanted to get off to a good start, and we got off to a good start,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “For us, it is enjoy it for a little bit and put it behind us.”

“We’ve been playing good hockey, but there is still a lot of work to do and a lot more things we can get better at,” said Seguin.

The Stars went 3-1-0 on their four-game road trip, winning the final three after losing the first game in Toronto.

Tuesday’s game kicks off a three-game homestand for the Stars, who are 5-1-0 at home this season.

Stars forward Antoine Roussel (upper body) has missed two games but will be available to play Tuesday.

Seguin was named the NHL’s second star of the week after registering seven points (four goals, three assists) during the Stars’ four-game road trip.

Injuries: RW Patrick Eaves (lower body), LW Travis Moen (upper body) and LW Curtis McKenzie (hip) are out.

The Maple Leafs (2-8-4) are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss in Washington on Saturday. Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom tied the game with 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation and then Alex Ovechkin scored the only goal in the shootout. It was the second straight loss in extra playing time for Toronto, which lost to Detroit in overtime the night before.

"We competed hard," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "It was our fourth (game) in six (days) and back-to-back.

“You would like the win, we were set up pretty good to win that, and we didn't get her done, but we got points in three of the four we played this week, and that was good.”

The Maple Leafs are winless in their past three games (0-1-2).

Forward Daniel Winnik suffered a lower-body injury in Saturday’s game and is doubtful for Tuesday. D Dion Phaneuf (flu) did not practice Monday but did travel with the team.

Tuesday’s game is the second of a three-game road trip for Toronto.

Injuries: G Jonathan Bernier (lower body) is day to day. F Daniel Winnik (lower body) is doubtful. D Stephane Robidas (leg/groin) is out.

*This is the second and final meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Maple Leafs won the first meeting, 4-1, in Toronto on November 2.

*Toronto has won three straight games against the Stars.

*The Stars are 5-1-0 at home.

*The Maple Leafs are 1-4-2 on the road.

*The Stars are 8-2-0 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Maple Leafs are 1-2-0 vs. the Western Conference with the one win coming vs. Dallas.

*The Stars rank second in the league in goal scoring at 3.60 per game.

*The Stars have scored four goals or more in 10 of 15 games this season and six of their past seven games.

*The Maple Leafs rank 28th in goal scoring at 2.07 per game.

*The Maple Leafs have scored two goals or fewer in nine of 14 games this season.

*The Stars are 4-8 on the power play over the past three games.

*The Maple Leafs are 4-15 on the power play over the past four games.

*Stars center Tyler Seguin is on an eight-game points streak (5 goals, 8 assists, 13 points).

*Seguin is tied for the NHL scoring lead with 23 points (9 goals, 14 assists).

* Morgan Rielly leads Toronto in scoring with 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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